Using a Drywall Screw Gun

  • 5-10 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-500
What You'll Need
Drywall screw gun

A drywall screw gun can make it much easier to fit and install drywall to the interior of your home. Drywall is one of the last things that you will do to any home and it's also one of the most rewarding. A drywall screw gun will speed up the process of fitting and installing these boards of drywall.

Using a drywall screw gun is very easy and it will actually work in pretty much the same way as a regular and normal screw gun. The automatic models of screw guns will also make it much simpler and easier to fix your drywall because you don't even need to worry about carrying screws with you.

Step 1 - Choosing a Screw Gun

Choose a high-quality drywall screw gun. You will find that this is much easier and more convenient if you choose a cordless screw gun. These work by using a battery that will need to be charged. However, once the battery is charged you can then carry them anywhere you want to go. There's no need to worry about wires getting tangled anywhere. A cordless screw gun can also be used very quickly at a moment's notice. These can also be kept in your tool belt so that they are convenient.

Step 2 - Loading

Now you need to load the screw gun up with drywall screws. The automatic models are the best as they will store all of the screws you need. Manual load guns work in the same way as a manual screwdriver. Automatic models are more expensive, however, these are much more convenient and useful. An automatic model saves the need to fix each screw separately.

The automatic models take special drywall screws which are available on coils. These will be loaded through the gun to make drilling and fixing drywall very simple.

Step 3 - Screwing the Drywall

Position the drywall in the correct location and then press the drywall screw gun up against the drywall in the right position to be screwed. Now press the trigger and the screw will automatically be forced into the drywall to the required depth. Once the drywall is screwed in place you can then repeat this several times so that the entire drywall sheet is securely fixed against the wall.

Step 4 - Adjustments

Most drywall screw guns have an adjustable head depth setting which can make the screw drive slightly deeper into the wall if needed. This will hopefully hide the screw without ripping through the drywall. Adjust the head depth so that it will suit your taping skills properly.

Although using the drywall screw gun will be very easy it might take some practice before you perfect the art. You might need to spend time getting the adjustments quite right so that the screws are driven to the right depth in the wall.